Sunday, January 31, 2010

100 Species in Indiana

Song Sparrow-One of the many species of sparrows that occur at Goose Pond.

With just one more day left in January I was able to reach the 100 species mark for the month. The bird that pushed me to that number was a Brewer's Blackbird. After seeing the first one I was able to find a small flock in a field close to Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area.

After the Brewer's Blackbirds I was also able to find two more species that I had not seen, Red-breasted Nuthatch and Northern Pintail.

With all the species I was able to see the most interesting very well could have been the leucistic American Tree Sparrow. It's body was completely normal but it had a completely white head.

American Tree Sparrow-bad shot but at least it kind of shows the white head.

I also birded a new area in the Goose Pond area, the Dugger unit of Greene Sullivan State Forest. This area as well as some of the grasslands just north of this unit are great places to bird if you are in the Goose Pond area. The lakes had lots of waterfowl and the habitat is very good for all the raptors and Northern Shrike.

Red-shouldered Hawk-one of the many hawks that resides in Greene Sullivan State Forest.


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